Unofficial DPTPB Nutanix Dynamic Visio Shapes: NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6

More in depth notes regarding NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6 Dynamic Visio shapes.

While the dynamic shapes were designed to be user friendly, this documentation about the dynamic NX-1175S-Gx shapes might look overwhelming and might be a tough read in one go (with 2882 words).

If reading documentation is not your thing:

  • Start with trying the dynamic shapes by yourself
  • Only come back here to read the documentation, if you are having difficulties in using the dynamic shapes.

 

Default mode of a dynamic shape

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When a dynamic shape is pulled to a drawing it looks like any normal non-dynamic shape as by default all the dynamic elements are turned off.

However you have an option to make your shape to show more detailed information by using pull-down menus in “Shape Data” and the shape will automatically adjust its appearance based on your selections.

This design decision was made to:

  • Have more uniform look for the shapes when pulled to a drawing for the first time
  • If I had chosen to use one of the dynamic configurations as a default look
    • The default might not have been the right one
      • Better to show no info than wrong info
  • With “clean slate” look you can manually populate NICs and such with separate NIC shapes if you so desire
    • Without having to disable the dynamic features first
    • Most of the time there is no need for manually populating NICs
    • Manual functionality mainly is reserved for
      • exceptions
      • or
      • To have ability to continue working in case some spec sheet changes have not yet been updated to shape parameter files

Using “Shape data” Window to modify the dynamic shapes

Access “Shape Data” window (Visio 2016)

  • “View” – “Task Panes” – “Shape Data”
  • or
  • Select a shape – Right Click – “Data” – “Shape Data”

“Shape Data” menus are also Dynamic

  • It shows only relevant info / sections
  • For example if you choose All Flash disk layout, you can only choose the size of SSD drives, no menu for HDD size

“Shape Data” shows any data relevant to currently selected shape

  • No data visible = check that you have selected correct shape

Dynamic Front View Shapes for NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6

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By making selections in “Shape Data” window pull-down menus you can change the appearance of your shapes. The built-in automation will populate dynamic elements within the shape to match your selection.

“Shape Data” pull-down menus

Nutanix Model

  • Showing Nutanix node model
  • With Single-Node Nutanix models contains just one entry
    • No need to use with NX-1175S-G7
    • More useful with Multi-Node Nutanix models

Disk Layout

  • List of supported disk type combinations
  •  Hybrid
    • 2xSSD+2xHDD
  • All Flash
    • 2xSSD or 4xSSD
  • Hybrid with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)
    • 2xSED SSD + 2x SED HDD
  • All Flash with Self Encrypting Drives (SED)
    • 2xSED SSD or 4xSED SSD
  • Allowed disk layouts are based on information found in the spec sheets
    • these might change over time, I will update the shapes as needed

Disk Size

  • Per disk type
  • Disk size menu for a disk type is only shown, if the disk type is present in the disk layout

Bezel

  • You can opt to show bezel instead of detailed disk bay view
    • Not Shown (=detailed disk bay view)
    • Bezel Only
    • Bezel + Model No (as text)

Dynamic Elements

The appearance of following dynamic elements will change according to the changes made in “Shape Data” pull-down menus

Dynamic Disk Labels

  • Disk size shown as text
  • Disk labels are color coded
    • Light Green label = SSD
    • Light Blue label = HDD
    • Orange label = SSD (SED)
    • Black label = HDD (SED)

Dynamic Disk activity lights

  • Disk activity lights toggled
    • If a disk is in use
      • the leds are Red/Blue
    • If a disk is not in use
      • the leds are Gray/Gray

Dynamic Bezel

  • Bezel can be hidden/shown

Dynamic NX-1175S-Gx Shape Data pull-down menu examples

The default settings

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“Select Disk Layout” menu expanded

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  • Depending on your disk layout selection selection
    • disk label color and text are changed
    • only relevant disk size menus are shown
      • i.e if your selected disk layout contains only SSD drives, only SSD size menu is shown, no HDD size menu is shown

“Select SSD Size” menu expanded

nx-1175s_shape_data_select_ssd

  • Depending on your selection the label text changes
  • To have label just show color, not text, select the first line, empty line
  • To have label show color and disk type, select the second line
  • To have label show color, disk type and size, select any of the lines showing disk capacity
  • Similar menu for SED SSDs

“Select HDD Size” menu expanded

nx-1175s_shape_data_select_hdd

  • Depending on your selection the label text changes
  • To have label just show color, not text, select the first line, empty line
  • To have label show color and disk type, select the second line
  • To have label show color, disk type and size, select any of the lines showing disk capacity
  • Similar menu for SED HDDS

“Bezel” menu expanded

nx-1175s_shape_data_bezel

Dynamic NX-1175S-G7 Front View Shape Examples

Example: The default front view look for NX-1175S-G7

nx-1175_default_look

  • No selections have been made in “Shape Data”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 Hybrid 

nx-1175_hybrid

  • “2xSSD + 2xHDD” disk layout selected from “Shape Data” / “Select Disk Layout”
  • “SSD 1.92TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select SSD Size”
  • “HDD 4TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select HDD Size”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 All Flash

nx-1175_all_flash

  • “4xSSD” disk layout selected in “Shape Data” / “Select Disk Layout”
  • “SSD 3.84TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select SSD Size”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 Hybrid (SED) 

nx-1175_hybrid_sed

  • “2xSEDSSD+ 2xSEDHDD” disk layout selected in “Shape Data” / “Select Disk Layout”
  • “SED 1.92TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select SED SSD Size”
  • “SED 6TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select SED HDD Size”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 All Flash (SED)

nx-1175_all_flash_sed

  • “4xSEDSSD” disk layout selected in “Shape Data” / “Select Disk Layout”
  • “SED 3.84TB” selected in “Shape Data” / “Select SED SSD Size”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with Bezel

nx-1175_bezel_only

  • “Bezel Only” selected in “Shape Data” / “Bezel”
  • If you had previously made any “Disk Layout” and “Disk Size” selections
    • those selections are preserved
    • you can switch back to more detailed disk bay view by selecting “No Bezel”

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with Bezel + Model No

nx-1175_bezel_model_no

  • “Bezel+Model Nod” selected in “Shape Data” / “Bezel”
  • If you had previously made any “Disk Layout” and “Disk Size” selections
    • those selections are preserved
    • you can switch back to more detailed disk bay view by selecting “No Bezel”

Dynamic Rear View Shapes for NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6

nx-1175_rear_1xquad_mlnx_labels

By making selections in “Shape Data” window pull-down menus you can change the appearance of your shapes. The built-in automation will populate dynamic elements within the shape to match your selection.

“Shape Data” pull-down menus

Nutanix Model

  • Showing Nutanix node model
  • With Single-Node Nutanix models contains just one entry
    • No need to use with NX-1175S-G7
    • More useful with Multi-Node Nutanix models

Select NIC Setup

  • List of supported NIC types
    • Dual 1G BaseT (NX-1175S-G6 only)
    • Dual 10G BaseT
    • Dual 10G sfp+
    • Quad 10G sfp+
  • Only one NIC type supported to be used at a time
  • Most of the platforms support multiple NICs
    • Just select the correct NIC type and number of NICs
    • Sometimes NIC type can limit your NIC count
      • NX-1175S-G7 supportS only one Quad 10G sfp+ NIC
      • While you can have two NICs of other NIC types

NIC Port Labels

  • Dynamic menu that will only appear
    • If you have NICs selected
  • Possible values
    • Not shown = only NIC image is shown
    • Shown = NIC ports are labeled

Select Port Label Type

  • Dynamic menu that will only appear
    • If you have NICs selected
    • and
    • Selected NIC connector type is sfp or qsfp
  • Possible values
    • More generic labels
      • Fiber
      • DAC
    • or vendor specific DAC labels
      • DAC ntnx (= Nutanix)
      • DAC brcd (=Brocade)
      • and so on

Motherboard Port Labels

  • Independently of your NIC selection you can label motherboard network ports by using this menu
  • Possible values
    • Not Shown
    • IPMI
    • IPMI + 2x1G BaseT
    • IPMI+ 2x10G BaseT
    • 2x1G BaseT
    • 2x10G BaseT

Dynamic Elements

The appearance of following dynamic elements will change according to the changes made in “Shape Data” pull-down menus

PCI slots

  • Will be populated with NIC images
    • Correct form factor (FH/LP)
    • Correct orientation (0°/180°)

NIC Labels

  • If selected NIC ports will be labeled
  • Label text indicates
    • link speed (1G,10G,25G,40G)
    • and
    • with some DAC cables, cable manufacturer
  • Labels are color coded by cable type
    • Red = RJ45 / Cat6 cabling
    • Black = sfp/qsfp connected Direct Attached Copper (DAC) cabling
    • Orange = sfp/qsfp connected Fiber cabling
  • Line pattern
    • Continuous line = Primary connection / Ports 1 (& 3)
    • Dotter line = Alternate connection / Ports 2 (& 4)

Connection points

  • Are dynamically enabled for any visible NIC port
  • you can connect cables to these connection points to further document your networking

Dynamic Rear View Shape Data pull-down menu examples

The default settings

nx-1175_rear_shape_data

“Select NIC Setup” menu expanded

nx-1175_rear_shape_data_NIC_setup

“NIC Port Labels” menu expanded

nx-1175_rear_shape_data_port_labels

“Select Port Label Type” menu expanded

nx-1175_rear_shape_data_port_label_type

“Motherboard Port Labels” menu expanded

nx-1175_rear_shape_data_motherboard

Dynamic NX-1175S-G7 Rear View shape examples

Example: The default rear view look for NX-1175S-G7

nx-1175_rear

Example: The default rear view look for NX-1175S-G6

nx-1175S-G6_rear_default

  • No 10G BaseT ports on the motherboard

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 1xDual 10G BaseT NIC + no NIC labels

nx-1175_rear_1x10gbaset_no_label

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 1xDual 10G BaseT NIC + NIC labels + IPMI label

nx-1175_rear_1x10gbaset_label_IPMI

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 2xDual 10G BaseT NIC + no NIC labels 

nx-1175_rear_2x10gbaset_no_label

  • NIC1 (the larger NIC on the right)
    • Form Factor = FH
    • Orientation = 0°
  • NIC2 (the smaller NIC on the left)
    • Form Factor = LP
    • Orientation = 180°
      • the NIC port images are upside down when compared to NIC1

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 2xDual 10G BaseT NIC + NIC labels 

nx-1175_rear_2x10gbaset

  • Otherwise the same example as the previous example
  • Only exceptions is that the NIC ports are now labeled
  • Red color indicates RJ45/Cat6 cabling
  • Since NIC1 has 0° orientation
    • Primary port  is the LEFTMOST port
    • Secondary port (dotted line) is the RIGHTMOST port
  • Since NIC2 has 180° orientation
    • Primary port is the RIGHTMOST port
      • Secondary port (dotted line) is the LEFTMOST port
  • Why no numbering for NIC ports?
    • I didn’t find that info from spec sheets
    • No info is better than wrong info
    • If my assumption of port numbering proves to be wrong
      • Easier to change line pattern for the label than changing port on a NIC
        • Line pattern is dynamic variable
        • NIC port number is static part of NIC image
    • Even if my assumption is wrong, you could still run your cables consistently
      • For example
        • All primary connections to switch #1
        • All alternate connections to switch #2
      • Without port labeling you could get your cabling wrong or messy
        • For example you could assume that the LEFTMOST port is port #1 with all NICs
        • You would end up with cabling where some of the cables originate from port #2, when you thought that they all originate from port #1

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 2xDual 10G sfp+ NIC 

nx-1175_rear_2xsfp

  • A visual cue
    • Activity lights with 10G sfp+ NICs point towards primary port

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 2xDual 10G sfp+ NIC + DAC ntnx NIC labels + motherboard labels

nx-1175_rear_2xsfp_DAC

  • NIC labels are black indicating DAC connectivity
    • DAC cables are manufactured by Nutanix as indicated by the “ticker” “ntnx”
  • Visual cues mentioned in previous example are confirmed by label line pattern
    • Continuous line for primary connections
    • Dotted line for secondary connections
  • Motherboard ports are labeled as well
    • Always red as they are always cabled with RJ45 connected cables

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 2xDual 10G sfp+ NIC + Fiber NIC labels 

nx-1175_rear_2xsfp_fiber

  • NIC labels are orange indicating Fiber connectivity

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 1xQuad 10G sfp+ NIC + No NIC labels

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  • At the time of writing only one quad 10GbE is supported per NX-1175S-G7

Example: NX-1175S-G7 with 1xQuad 10G sfp+ NIC + DAC mlnx NIC labels

nx-1175_rear_1xquad_mlnx_labels

  • Mellanox DAC cabling indicated by “ticker” “mlnx”
  • Every other port is Primary indicated by continuous line pattern with the label
  • and Secondary ports are indicated by dotted line pattern with the label

Limitations

Differences between NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6 dynamic shapes

  • NX-1175S-G7 has onboard 10G BaseT ports, NX-1175S-G6 does not have them
  • NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6 share the same “parent” dynamic shape
  • For example a G7 version dynamic shape might have different supported disk sizes than a G6 version dynamic shape
  • Likewise there might be differences with supported NICs types and number of NICs
  • Differences between NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175-G6 are implemented by using different parameter files
  • The actual differences are documented ONLY in the parameter files, NOT here.
    • This way I don’t have update the information in two places

New features and bug fixes

Even if you are not interested in using the dynamic features and just want to use the basic static shape, it is my recommendation to use the dynamic shapes anyway. The  reason for this recommendation is that the current Official Nutanix stencils set contain some bugs that are fixed in DPTPB Dynamic Nutanix Visio shapes.

How would you know? I also made the official stencils 🙂

Why aren’t they fixed in the official stencil? – No funding

NX-1175S-G7

Onboard 10G BaseT ports

  • NX-1175S-G7 = 2 ports
  • The official Nutanix NX-1175S-G7 shape was done at a time when this information was not available
    • Thus with the official Nutanix stencils there are NO onboard 10G Base-T ports or related connection points for NX-1175S-G7 shape
    • Fixed in my dynamic stencil set

Both NX-1175S-G7 and NX-1175S-G6

Fixes in PCI slot usage order

  • NIC1 and NIC2 slots now swapped
  • When using the official shape
    • If you hover your mouse over PCI slot connection points
    • Wrong “hint” is shown
  • PCI slot usager order was clearly stated in the spec sheet
    • raising my hand, my mistake…

Fixes for NIC orientation and port order

  • NICs are now placed into PCI slots in correct orientation
  • NIC ports are now in correct order (depending on NIC orientation)
    • If NIC is placed in 0° orientation, port 1 is the leftmost port
    • If NIC is placed in 180°, port 1 is the rightmost port
    • Normally there is no need to care about NIC orientation as automation takes care of the orientation with the dynamic shapes
      • But if you want to manually populate the NICs with separate shapes, you have use the correct variant of the NIC shape
  • With NX-1175S-Gx
    • NIC1 has 180° orientation
    • NIC2 has 0° orientation
  • Not specifically stated in spec sheets, there are some pictures where you have to figure out this by yourself

Fixes for NIC form factors

  • NIC1 = Full-Height (FH) form factor bracket
  • NIC2 = Low-Profile (LP) form factor bracket
  • Due to wrong PCI slot usage order these were swapped in the official stencil
  • NIC form factors are not specifically stated in the spec sheets, there are some pictures which are misleading, for example showing only FH form factor NICs with platforms that support both LP and FH form factors

More visually appealing NIC and NIC port shapes

  • Better visual cues about NIC orientation

More unified coloring of the shapes

  • in the official version of the stencil multiple shades of gray was used with front and rear view shapes

“Yellow” dots or connection point “usage hints” now removed

  • Since all the elements are placed correctly in automated fashion, there is little use for these hints
  • While they were useful feature with non-dynamic shapes where you had to manually place NICs and such, they were slightly problematic
  • The correct Visio term for “Yellow Dot” is “control point”
  • Besides giving usage hints, “control points” can be used to move elements within a shape
  • Even though I had disabled the moving feature of “control point” they made moving the shape harder
  • When you clicked a shape to move it, you might have clicked a “control point” instead and you couldn’t move the shape
  • You had to click the shape in an area that was not close to “control point” in order to move the shape
  • The further zoomed out were, the harder it was to click a portion of the shape that was not close to a “Yellow dot / Control point”
  • i.e. when heavily zoomed out, it was harder to move a shape within a drawing

Bugs found?

Comments regarding any possible bugs can be left in the comments section of this post, your help is much appreciated

Downloads

  • Please visit the Nutanix stencil download page for the latest stencil package.
  • Since these are unofficial Visio shapes, they are not available on visiocafe.com, where the official stencil package resides.

Further documentation

 

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